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CLASHES IN NEPAL: Independent newspapers said Wednesday that at least four people died in clashes with police in eastern Nepal by demonstrators protesting police brutality. The government had said one person died and 36 were injured Tuesday when police fired in self defense at stone-throwing demonstrators in Jhapa, about 185 miles east of Katmandu on the border with India. The Home Ministry said 27 policemen were injured in the clashes.

Across the nation

TERM LIMITS: Voters in New Mexico's biggest city joined the throw-the-bums-out movement and slapped term limits on members of City Council. A proposal to hold members to two four-year terms was approved nearly 3-to-1 Tuesday. Voters have enacted term restrictions in 33 states since 1992. State Sen. Duncan Scott said the vote in Albuquerque, with a population of about 380,000, raises hopes of getting term limits adopted statewide.

FATAL FIRE: Investigators blamed a faulty space heater for a Wednesday morning apartment fire that took the lives of a mother and four of her children and critically burned another youngster. Fire officials in Columbus, Ohio, identified the victims as Jennifer Atwater, 29, and her children, Taron, 2; Sergio, 6; Brandon, 9; and Jazzman Draughon, 1. Atwater reportedly was able to throw one of her children, Jordon, 3, from a second-story window before she died.

In Washington

ABORTION POLITICS: A national abortion-rights group plans to run candidates in Washington, D.C., school board races. Local chapters of the National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League have had successes in school board races in northern California and Colorado, but this will be the first year national headquarters will get involved, President Kate Michelman said Tuesday. The move reflects a broadening of the organization's goals.

OVER-THE-COUNTER: A drug formerly used as a prescription treatment for arthritis now can be sold as an over-the-counter pain reliever. The Food and Drug Administration approved naproxen sodium for non-prescription use Tuesday but has asked that dosage instructions be changed. The drug previously had been available only as a prescription arthritis drug under the trade name Anaprox. Naproxen had been available since 1976 under the trade name Naprosyn.